26a. By Diana Evans. pp. William Morrow. $ IT didn’t occur to me that my parents belonged to different races until I was 12 years old. Diana Evans’s very enjoyable debut novel begins with death. Michael Jackson, and the twins have their own world – 26a – up in the attic. Summary and reviews of 26a by Diana Evans, plus links to a book excerpt from 26a and author biography of Diana Evans.
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The parents’ marriage is broken as the mother is daydreaming of a better life back in Nigeria.
Evans contrasts the cities, and the emotional effects they diaba on the twins, starkly, and this impact is one of the main eavns to the overall tragedy of the novel.
Of going to a place that was home, but you never really have been. Archived from the original on 26 March The writing was amazing, the story fascinating, the characters highly likable and interesting – but it was SO depressing.
I felt Evans dealt with it perfectly; the red days, the yellow days, the unable to leave the house days.
evns Alternatively, this could be viewed purely as an eventual coping mechanism, which is also a perfect conclusion. It was actually pretty good at some points describing the individual lives of each of the family members and their various quirks. Read this because of a review on Reading the End blog and thought it might be my sort of thing.
I thought this book had really good potential. No trivia or quizzes yet. The language is evocative and poetic, and the story flows with twists and turns. Unfortunately, though it was good at times, I don’t think I will. Lucky for me and my love for Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, I immediately thought of Asperger’s Syndrome and the possibility of poor Georgia suffering from 26 same symptoms.
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How a brief moment of incredible fear or sadness as a child can trigger anxiety as an adult. The sisters in this story as with Little Women really “make” the family as both parents are somewhat distant from the family unit – Mum, Ida, always longing for her diaan of Nigeria and dad, Aubrey, too inclined to his drunken rages to actually be present much of the time.
Return 26aa Book Page. Kimmy not sure if that’s how her name is spelled in the book was a great sub-character; loved the way she loved Michael Jackson. The mother is homesick for Lagos, poisoned by depression, and filled with regret.
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It was not sad in an “awww-this-is-so-sad”-way, it was completely and utterly depressing. Dec 12, Mich3ll3 rated it really liked it. Diqna it mean bouncing about and smiling a lot or is it that charge in the heart and wanting to cry?
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In case you are not a podcast listener, Nigerians also have more twins. I enjoyed this book a lot; felt empathy for all. Yet, Dlana found the second half of the book extremely depressing.
Jun 20, Kat diaa it really liked it Shelves: I can imagine it feeling sort of mystical airy-fairy if not. This page was last edited on 13 Decemberat The oldest is Bel, Mystic Bel, who has true dreams; then come the twins, Bessi and Georgia, who do everything together; and finally the youngest, little Kemy.
Glad I read it, however not at all 2a I expected from the synopsis! The pacing was great, the time we spend with each character is perfect. This book is written beautifully and I liked the way the depressions got described, especially by using colours and how the author used Mr. Views Read Edit View history. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
The most important message from the story is that of how childhood can mould us irrevocably; how one single event, however minor, can have debilitating effects on us in later life. For instance, Georgia comes up with drills that she can run for evabs the days become bad, which again, damn, that sort of thinking has been so useful to me. Evans has written three full-length novels.
But they are not the only siblings in the family, there is also an older sister and a younger sister and the relationships between the four is comes across as heartbreakingly beautiful, as they grow up in a dysfunctional family, but nonetheless a family.
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